The nephew of PM Lee Hsien Loong, Li Shengwu, wrote on his Facebook on Wednesday that he has decided not to take part in the contempt of court proceedings against him that the Singapore Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC) had initiated against him. All this for his private Facebook post where Shengwu was alleged to have scandalised the judiciary in the Oxley Road case.
Shengwu even indicated that the AGC had applied to strike out parts of Shengwu’s own defense affidavit, with the result that they will not be considered at the trial. As for these strike out parts, the AGC also demanded that they be sealed in the court record, so that the public cannot know what the removed parts contain. Shengwu alleges that these showed the AGC were only acting for their own benefit, or that of his uncle, PM Lee. And thus, he decided that this would not be a fair trial, and thus, refused to participate in the one-sided court case.
Li Shengwu’s thoughts on the matter is printed in full below:
“I have an announcement to make regarding the Singapore state’s prosecution against me. As you may remember, in 2017, during the events widely known as ‘Oxleygate’, my uncle Lee Hsien Loong was accused by his siblings of abusing state power to bully them and to subvert his own father’s dying wish. Shortly after, the Singapore Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC) started prosecuting me for allegedly “scandalising the judiciary” in a private Facebook post. This prosecution has continued for years, and during that time the AGC has submitted thousands of pages of legal documents over one paragraph on social media.
Recently, the AGC applied to strike out parts of my own defense affidavit, with the result that they will not be considered at the trial. Moreover, they demanded that these parts be sealed in the court record, so that the public cannot know what the removed parts contain. This is not an isolated incident, but part of a broader pattern of unusual conduct by the AGC. For instance, when arguing jurisdiction in the court of appeals, the AGC argued that a new piece of legislation should be retroactively applied against me. The court saw it as unfair for the new legislation to apply retrospectively.
In light of these events, I have decided that I will not continue to participate in the proceedings against me. I will not dignify the AGC’s conduct by my participation.
I will continue to be active on Facebook, and will continue to regard my friends-only Facebook posts as private. However, I have removed my cousin Li Hongyi from my Facebook friends list.”